Lung Disease News

Latest medical research on lung disease. Learn about the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and lung cancer along with the latest treatment information.
Lung Disease News -- ScienceDaily
  1. It is largely unknown why influenza infections lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. Researchers have now described important findings leading to so-called superinfections, which claim many lives around the world every year.
  2. A computational model of a human lung cell has been used to understand how SARS-CoV-2 draws on human host cell metabolism to reproduce. This study helps understand how the virus uses the host to survive, and enable drug predictions for treating the virus to be made.
  3. Advanced imaging with CT shows that people who cook with biomass fuels like wood are at risk of suffering considerable damage to their lungs from breathing in dangerous concentrations of pollutants and bacterial toxins, according to a new study.
  4. Scientists have developed a lung-on-chip model to study how the body responds to early tuberculosis (TB) infection.
  5. To crack the mystery of what causes silent hypoxia, a condition when oxygen levels in the body are abnormally low, biomedical engineers used computer modeling to test out three different scenarios that help explain how and why the lungs stop providing oxygen to the bloodstream.
  6. For young people with cystic fibrosis, lung infection with Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, is common and is treated with antibiotics in the hope that this will prevent a decline in lung function. However there has recently been debate over the role S. aureus plays in CF lung disease. Researchers have used a new model of CF lungs which could be used to make better decisions about future use of antibiotics.
  7. A new study finds that an FDA-approved medication improved survival and prevented metastasis when used as first-line therapy in lung cancer patients with alterations in the ALK gene. Lorlatinib dramatically reduced spread of cancer to the brain, a significant danger in ALK-positive patients.
  8. Researchers using a model of airway tissue created from human stem cells have pinpointed how smoking cigarettes causes more severe infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the airways of the lungs.

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